HAIR • The Crucible • The Gondoliers
Jeremiah Johnson: John Proctor in The Crucible | Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers
Alternately described as “solid, accomplished” and bringing a “poised, masculine seriousness” to the stage, native born Texan, Jeremiah Johnson is rapidly gaining attention as a baritone of note. Recent engagements include Georgio Germont in La traviata with Dell’arte Opera, Silvio in Il Pagliacci with Opera in the Heights, creating the role of Harry Angel in the world premiere of Falling Angel with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City. Jeremiah also worked on the world premiere of The Tempest with The Shakespeare Concerts. Jeremiah was a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera in the 2015 season where he covered Scarpia inTosca. Other engagements include the Utah Festival Opera where he covered the role of Iago in Otello; and his engagement as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera, where he performed in their production of Carousel, as Sir Dinidan in Camelot, and covered a wide range of roles including Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Stanley in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Jeremiah finished off that season covering Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
Melissa Parks: Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible | The Duchess of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers.
Mezzo-soprano, Melissa Parks, made her Italian debut as Mrs. Lovett in Bologna, Modena, Lugo and Piacenza in what was the Italian premiere of SWEENEY TODD. Recent performances include a debut with the New York Philharmonic in the acclaimed production of Ligeti’s LE GRAND MACABRE with Maestro Alan Gilbert. A return to Utah Opera for Dame Quicky FALSTAFF, Baba in THE MEDIUM with Michigan Opera Theatre, Mrs. Peachum THE BEGGAR’S OPERA under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Dame Quickly FALSTAFF with Cleveland Opera, Zulma L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI, Third Maid ELEKTRA, and Dame Quickly FALSTAFF with Seattle Opera, Marcellina LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Pittsburgh Opera, Madison Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre, Azucena IL TROVATORE with Michigan Opera Theater, and Erda DAS RHEINGOLD with New Orleans Opera. Other engagements have included working with the Metropolitan Opera in both LA FILLE DU REGIMENT and AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY.
Hugo Vera: Judge Danforth in The Crucible | Luiz in The Gondoliers.
Tenor, Hugo Vera, is described as possessing a voice that is both “beautiful and brilliant.” Mr. Vera has performed 35 roles and 50 choral orchestral works with distinguished companies in the US as part of his musical and artistic development of the full lyric tenor repertoire. In addition to The Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Vera has sung with Spoleto, USA, Piccolo Spoleto, Kansas City Symphony, New York City Opera, Illinois Symphony and Chorus, Fort St. Symphony and Chorus, Opera Memphis, Center for Contemporary Opera, New Opera NYC, Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Sarasota Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera North, Minnesota Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, The Minnesota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Nashville Opera, Shreveport Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival and Arizona Opera. As an active recitalist and clinician he has performed concerts and recitals with Dartmouth College and Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, University of Texas-Pan America, Westminster College, Presbyterian College, GLOW Lyric Theatre, Lied Center of Kansas, and Lawrence Arts Center. He currently is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Arizona. He is also Artistic Director, and founder of Lawrence Opera Theatre (LOT) a summer music performing company.
Ryan Allen: Reverend Hale in The Crucible | Don Alhambra del Bolero in The Gondoliers.
Ryan Allen, bass, known for his lively acting and resonant voice, continues to please audiences in 2017 as Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore with the St. Petersburg Opera. Mr. Allen made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1993 and returned to the company for productions of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Billy Budd, among others. Previous engagements for Mr. Allen include performances of his most popular role, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, for Central City Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Memphis, Toledo Opera, Opera Illinois, New Jersey State Opera, Anchorage Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Idaho, Greensboro Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Ashlawn Highland Festival and the Metropolitan Opera Guild; and Candy in Of Mice and Men in the Canadian premier with the Edmonton Opera, the Utah Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Opera Grand Rapids. With a background also in oratorio, Ryan Allen debuted at Carnegie Hall as the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem for the Manhattan Philharmonic in 1989. Returning to Carnegie Hall he repeated the Mozart and sang as bass soloist in Haydn’s Coronation Mass. Mr. Allen is also extensively experienced in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, having performed in NYC and on tours with America’s premiere G&S company, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers, the Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance and Old Adam Goodheart in Ruddigore), and his resume includes both the title role and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado more than fifty times apiece. He has appeared more than 100 times as Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore; both Pirate King and Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance; Colonel Calverly in Patience in performances with the Portland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Anchorage Opera, Nevada Opera, New York Light Opera, Manhattan Savoyards, Light Opera of Manhattan, Glorianna Productions, Annapolis Opera, Opera a la Carte in Los Angeles, the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival of Western Michigan. Born in South Carolina and reared in Dallas, Mr. Allen earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Austin College and his Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After winning the Texas regional San Francisco Opera auditions, he joined the company’s Merola Opera Program and made his home on the West Coast. His professional debut occurred with the Hawaii Opera Theatre as Nourabad in Les Pecheurs de perles. He then sang Baron Douphol in La Traviata and St. Brioche in The Merry Widow (telecast on PBS starring Beverly Sills) with the San Diego Opera, as well as Die Nachtwächter in Die Meistersinger with the Portland Opera. The bass moved to Greater New York to sing Benoit and Alcindoro in La boheme in a Goldovsky Opera tour and remained in the Greater New York metropolitan area until July, 2015. Mr. Allen is married to well-known voice teacher, Stephanie Samaras, and resides now in Charleston, SC.
Katerina McCrimmon: Sheila in HAIR | Contadina in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
Katerina is 19 years old and an upcoming Sophomore BM Music Theatre major at Florida State University. Recent productions in which Katerina has appeared include FSU’s productions of “Beauty and the Beast” (Belle) and “All Shook Up” (Ensemble/Sandra Understudy). Other credits include “Hairspray” (Tracy Turnblad), “john &jen” (Jen), “Children of Eden” (Eve/Mama Noah), “Fiddler on the Roof” (Hodel), and “Sweeney Todd” (Mrs. Lovett). Last year, Katerina was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and National YoungArts Winner in Theater. She has also garnered such awards as the Arts For Life and Carbonell Scholarships. On top of performing, Katerina also enjoys playwriting and has had two of her original plays selected to be a part of the New Playwrights Festival at New World School of the Arts in Miami. Katerina is so grateful to work with Glow for the first time this summer. She’d like to thank the artistic team for all their hard work and her family back in Miami for being her constant support system.
Shanelle Woods: Tituba in The Crucible | Tribe in HAIR.
Mezzosoprano, Shanelle Woods is thrilled to be debuting with Glow Lyric Theater this season. She most recently made her Spoleto Festival USA debut in the 2016 season, doubly featured as Annie in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and as Kentucky Kate in the world premiere of Edmund Thorton Jenkins “African Romance,” Afram ou La Belle Swita. This was followed by an engagement as Jeanette in Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ L’Amant anonyme, as part of the 2016 Colour of Music Festival. In summer 2017, Ms. Woods will debut with the renowned Glimmerglass Festival in the premiere production of Paige Hernandez and Victor Simonson’s newly commissioned work, Stomping Grounds. She has performed roles from Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky), Die Zauberflöte (Third Lady), Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Mrs. Noye), Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella), The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Pinkerton), and Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley (Jennie Parsons). Her musical theater credits include The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, and Showboat (Queenie). Her concert repertoire includes solo features in Vivladi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In addition to performing, Ms. Woods is a voice faculty member of Charleston Southern University and maintains a private voice studio at Wando Voice Studio (Mt. Pleasant, SC).
James Smidt: Reverend Parris in The Crucible | Marco in The Gondoliers.
Tenor, James Smidt, most recently graduated from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland where he studied with Carmen Balthrop. His operatic roles and scenes include Orphée & Pluton/Orphée aux enfers, Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, First Armored Man/Die Zauberflöte, Nanki-Poo/The Mikado, Romeo/Romeo et Juliette, Elvino/La sonnambula, Dr. Caius/Falstaff, Ferrando/Così fan tutte, and Scaramuccio/Ariadne auf Naxos. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, he was a student at The Chautauqua Institute under the direction of Marlena Malas, where he collaborated in recital with Mikael Eliasen and Craig Rutenberg. This Fall, he will begin a residency at the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he will complete his post graduate studies.
Jeanette Simpson: Abigail Williams in The Crucible | Casilda in The Gondoliers.
Soprano, Jeanette Simpson, recently returned to Atlanta after receiving her graduate degree from Manhattan School of Music. In NYC, she concentrated on Contemporary Opera techniques and began writing librettos. Ms. Simpson is delighted to be making her debut with Glow Lyric Theatre this summer. Ms. Simpson is an active recitalist and regularly sings with the Atlanta Opera Chorus and small companies throughout the Southeast.
Gavin Carnahan: Claude in HAIR | Gondolier in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
Gavin is a sophomore musical theatre B.F.A. student at Coastal Carolina University originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gavin has been seen in roles at Coastal Carolina including B.J. Gibson in The 1940’s Radio Hour, Ensemble/Burt Bratt U.S. in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cooper in Really Really, and Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma. He has also been seen in the role Don in A Chorus Line at The Huron Playhouse. Gavin is proud to be a part of the Glow Lyric’s socially charged season.
Waseem Alzer: Berger in HAIR | Gondolier in The Gondoliers.
Waseem is thrilled to be making his GLOW Lyric Theatre debut as Berger in HAIR and spending his summer in Greenville, SC. He just graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from East Carolina University. His favorite and most notable roles were Angel (RENT), Giuseppe Zangara (Assassins), Melchior (Spring Awakening), and Jesus (Reefer Madness). At school, he also worked as the Producing Artistic Director of 5th Street Players, a student-run production company; He produced How I Learned to Drive, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, A New Brain, and many cabarets and original works. He would not be here without the love and support from his Musical Theatre Class of 2017, his loving family, and Allah. Check more out at www.waseemalzer.com.
Macie VanNorden: Mary Warren in The Crucible | Gianetta in The Gondoliers | GAAP.
Soprano Macie VanNorden from Schenectady, NY, is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree in Opera Theater at the University of South Carolina. She studies with Janet Hopkins and is a choral scholar at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. In March 2017, Margaret performed with the USC Symphony as a winner of the USC School of Music’s concerto competition. Margaret has also appeared in Opera at USC’s productions of Later the Same Evening as Valentia Scarcella in February 2017 and Sunday in the Park with George as Dot/Marie in November 2016. Margaret was a featured soloist in the Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s winter concerts in 2015, singing selections from Handel’s Messiah. She won the SUNY Fredonia School of Music’s Concerto Competition and performed with the SUNY Fredonia Symphony Orchestra in May 2014. She also received a Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Fredonia in April 2014 in recognition of her musical understanding and technical proficiency as demonstrated in recital. Previous credits include Ortensia/Eustacia in John Musto’s Bastianello and Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah.
Nicholas Hawkins: Francis Nurse in The Crucible | Tribe in HAIR.
Baritone, Nick Hawkins is a native of Greenville, SC, received his degree in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina in 2016, where he studied with Mr. Jacob Will, and was a member of both the USC Concert Choir and University Chorus. It is also at the University of South Carolina where Nicholas was an active member of Opera at USC, performing roles such as Der Vater in Hänsel und Gretel, Fiorello in the Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Nicholas has also been seen as Theseus in Harrower Opera Workshop’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is Nicholas’s second year with GLOW Lyric Theatre, which began with his performance of Le Duc in Roméo et Juliette and included the roles of Melchior in Amahl & the Night Visitors as well as the Glow Raising Voices Series performances in And Still I Rise and Love is Love is Love. Nicholas is so excited to be performing with Glow, and he looks forward to many more exciting projects in the future.
LauraThomason:Betty Parris in The Crucible | Tessa in The Gondoliers.
Mezzo-soprano, Laura Thomason, holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College and Indiana University, respectively. An accomplished performer, she has been heard both in the United States and abroad in opera, concert, recital, and oratorio venues. Ms. Thomason has been a featured young artist with GLOW Lyric Theatre, the Bassi-Brugnatelli Symposium, Operafestival di Roma, and Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, and has appeared as a soloist in Handel’sMessiah, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, among others. Her operaticexperience includes the roles of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charlotte inMassenet’s Werther, the Maestra delle Novizie in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and OlgaOlsen in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, to name a few. Ms. Thomason has performed innumerous master classes and worked under the instruction of operatic masters such as Carol Vaness.
Tierney Breedlove: Dionne in HAIR | Contadina in The Gondoliers.
Tierney, a bubbly, charismatic musical theatre and film actress, native of Rock Hill, SC, is a graduate of Furman University where she received a B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts. She is super excited to return to Glow for the third time where she was last seen as Glinda/Aunt Em in The Wiz, and Peep-Bo in The Hot Mikado. An Atlantic Acting School alumna (NYC), Tierney has performed in Dreamgirls and Big Fish (Red Mountain Theatre), Glinda/Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz and Rachel Isum in Play to Win (Birmingham Children’s Theatre). This past year she performed in White Christmas and Hairspray (Charleston Stage) and Ain’t Misbehavin (Midtown Productions) in Charleston, SC. Tierney is an avid learner and loves fitness, positive vibes, and doing the impossible! Special honor to God, my family, and Jenna and Christian. Thankful to do what she always secretly did as a child: #QuestionAuthority!
Paige Vasel: Chrissy in HAIR | Contadina in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
Paige is a rising senior at Converse College, majoring in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance. She is thrilled to be performing with Glow Lyric Theatre for the first time for their 2017 summer season. Her past credits include playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Jo in Little Women, Little Sally in Urinetown, and Feste in Twelfth Night at Converse College. Her most recent role was as a Laker Girl in the Spartanburg Little Theatre’s production of Spamalot. She plans on pursuing a career in the theatrical arts following graduation in the spring
Anna Jane Trinci: Jeannie in HAIR | Fiametta in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
AJ is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at Florida State University, where she recently appeared as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. Her other regional credits include Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years with Little Grey Hat Productions, and Glow Lyric’s productions of The Wiz and The Hot Mikado. She is proud to be a member of FSU’s premier sketch comedy troupe, 30in60. She thanks all her beautiful classmates for their love and support, as well as her Glow family and her biological family.
Mitchell Bradford: Woof in HAIR | Gondolier in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
Mitchell is a sophomore theatre major at Abilene Christian University from Abilene, Texas. He is so excited for the season and the opportunities GLOW Lyric has to offer. Some of his favorite roles in the past have included Iago (Othello), J. Pierrepont Finch (How to Succeed..), and Frederick Fellowes (Noises Off!). Mitchell wants to thank his family and friends for supporting and encouraging him. He also wants give all glory to God for placing him in a company that will talk about pressing issues in our world today.
Kevin Ray: Hud in HAIR.
Kevin is honored to be making his debut performance with Glow Lyric Theater. A native of Birmingham, AL, he was last seen in Warehouse Theater’s Spring Awakening as Ernst. Prior to that, Ray worked with Centre Stage’s Sister Act as Joey, Spartanburg Little Theater’s Memphis as Gator, as a male singer with Stargazer Productions and a showband vocalist with Carnival Cruise Line. Ray would like to dedicate this show to his best friend, Jason. “Thanks for showing me how to handle life and the challenges it brings. May my free spirit continue to sore higher because of you.”
John Siarris: Thomas Putnam in The Crucible | Giorgio in The Gondoliers | GAAP.
John Siarris, baritone, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from University of South Carolina, and will attend Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2017 as a Master of Music candidate. He made his Glow Lyric Theatre debut as King Melchoir in their 2016 production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. John, a voice student of Jacob Will, has sung with Opera at USC, Harrower Opera at Georgia State University, Festival of International Opera of the Americas in Brazil, South America and Opera Breve in Witchita Falls, Texas. His operatic roles include Masetto, Leporello and Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), George Jones (Street Scene), Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and most recently, Dr. Bartolo (The Barber of Seville).
Sonni James: Tribe in HAIR.
Sonni was most recently seen on the GLOW stage in last year’s production of Romeo é Juliette. Before moving to Greenville, Sonni performed with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Seth Bisen-Hersh, and Outcast Theater in New York City. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Sonni has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, and sang in the US premiere production of Damon Albarn’s Monkey: Journey to the West at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. She is pleased and grateful for the continued opportunity to share in art making with GLOW.
Emlynn Shoemaker: Martha Sheldon in The Crucible | Vittoria in The Gondoliers | GAAP.
Emlynn is a mezzo-soprano and rising Senior music major at Presbyterian College where she studies with Dr. Christian Elser. In the past three years, she has performed the roles of “Toad” in A Year With Frog and Toad, “Betty Jean” in The Marvelous Wonderettes, and the title role of “Dido” in Dido and Aeneas with PC College Opera & Musical Theatre. She is a 2016 NATS competition Regional Finalist, and is the recent winner of the 2017 PC Orval Oleson Concerto Competition. This is her second season with Glow Lyric Theatre, having performed in the ensemble of the 2016 production of Roméo et Juliette.
Jena Brooks: Tribe in HAIR | Contadina in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
Jena is extremely honored to be returning for her second summer with GLOW. She previously appeared as Graziella in GLOW’s production of West Side Story. She currently attends Florida State University’s BFA Acting program. She appeared as Clarice in FSU’s production of The Servant of Two Masters. Being from Greenville, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School and received her dance training from DanceArts Greenville. She would like to thank Jenna and Christian for the incredible opportunity to perform and for their constant support. She also sends love to her family and FSU’s BFA Acting Class of 2020.
Chloe Miller: Ruth Putnam in The Crucible | Contadina in The Gondoliers.
Chloe is a college Freshman at Bob Jones University. She started her vocal training in 2013, at the age of fifteen, with Lindsay Malcher. She then moved on to study with Dr. Jennifer Luiken at Charleston Southern University in 2016. She currently is studying with Laura Brundage at Bob Jones University. During the fall of 2016 she took part in Charleston Southern University’s production of the musical She Loves Me. Chloe Miller lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Holly Caprell: Inez in The Gondoliers.
Holly is a freelance vocalist, music director, and sometimes actor but most of her time is spent behind the scenes as the executive director of Greenville County Youth Orchestras. Favorite past roles ON the stage are the mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors, Jenny in Company, and the stepmother in Into the Woods. Holly lives in Simpsonville with her husband Jim who is Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville. Son Owen is a freelance musician (trombone) in New York City. Son Josh lives in Greenville with his wife, Bryndl.
Jessie Barnett: Susanna Walcott in The Crucible | Giulia in The Gondoliers.
Mezzo-soprano, Jessie Barnet, is ecstatic to be returning for her third summer season at GLOW! Her recent engagements include performing the role of the Sorceress in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Dido and Aeneas, and appearing in opera scenes put on by SFCM’s Graduate Opera Workshop (Le Prince Charmant, Cendrillon and Sesto, La Clemenza di Tito). She has previously performed the roles of Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Meg Brockie (Brigadoon), and Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Barnett was a Semifinalist in the 2015 Classical Singer Competition and she has recently participated in summer programs such as OperaWorks and SongFest. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2016 from Furman University, where she studied with Lisa Barksdale. Barnett is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance at SFCM under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.
James Siarris: Giuseppe in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
James is a Baritone from Spartanburg South Carolina pursuing a Vocal Performance degree from the University of South Carolina where he studies under Jacob Will. Last year James participated in GLOW’s Apprentice artist program. Past roles include Don Andrès (La Périchole), Secret Police Agent (The Consul), Ronaldo Cabral (Later the Same Evening), Enjolras (Les Misésrables) Boatman (Sunday in the Park with George), and OSD Dater (Speed Dating Tonight!) Ensemble appearances include Cosi Fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Romeo et Juliette.
Elizabeth DeVault: Sarah Good in The Crucible | Contadina in The Gondoliers.
From Greenville, SC, Elizabeth has performed in theatre productions for over ten years. Having received her B.A. in English and Music from Erskine College, DeVault continued her music studies at the University of South Carolina, where she earned her M.M. in Vocal Performance and studied voice with Janet Hopkins. DeVault has performed in over twenty productions, most recently appearing in A Doll’s House (Nora), Jesus Christ Superstar (Soul Sister), Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), La Bohème (Chorus), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella), The Actor’s Nightmare (Ellen), Sylvia (Sylvia), and Dido and Aeneas (Belinda). DeVault teaches English and Fine Arts at Southside Christian School in Simpsonville, SC and serves as the school’s director of its fall and spring productions; she is currently earning her MA in Theatre from Regent University’s School of Communication & the Arts. She is thrilled to work again with Glow Lyric Theatre in its Summer 2017 season.
Katherine Kuhfuss: Bridget Booth in The Crucible | Contadina in The Gondoliers | GAAP.
Katherineis excited to be making her debut with GLOW Lyric Theater and to be the soprano member of Glow Apprentice Artist Program for 2017. She has recently returned to the stage after teaching music privately and in the public schools for almost a decade. Her most recent engagements include the role of Foreign Woman in The Consul by Menotti with Harrower Opera Program and performing with Converse’s Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the 2016 Young Artist Competition. Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Katherine Kuhfuss received a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina in Music Education with a Vocal Performance Certificate. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she studies with Dr. Susan Lyle.
Lucie Svatanova-Hughes: Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible
Lucie is a native of Prague, Czech Republic. She earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 1996. She has been a soloist with the St. James Cathedral Choir and Orchestra and has frequently performed with the Prague Radio Chorus, Vox Pragae, and Opera Mozart throughout Europe. She came to the U.S. in 1996 and in 1999 received a Master of Music degree from Converse College. Ms. Svatonova has been a soloist with The Greenville Chorale and Symphony, Newberry Opera, Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and Chorus, Hendersonville Chorale, Columbia Choral Society, Augusta Choral Society, Foothills Philharmonic and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium. Among her opera roles are Ramiro in La finta giardiniera; Third Lady in The Magic Flute; Hata in The Bartered Bride; Madame Flora in The Medium; Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro; Madame de Croissy in The Dialogues of the Carmelites; Mercedes in Carmen; Principessa in Suor Angelica; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel; Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus; Mrs. Ott in Floyd’s Suzanna and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (GLOW’s 2015 production). Ms. Svatonova is on the voice faculty at Presbyterian College and Erskine College; she also serves as a Music Director at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, SC.
Cat Richmond: Tribe in HAIR | Contadina in The Gondoliers | Townsperson in The Crucible.
Soprano, Cat Richmond, is an accomplished regional performer. Along with winning multiple awards, Ms. Richmond has performed and covered a diverse set of roles including Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto). She has bowed with companies such as Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Opera Charleston and Peach State Opera. A frequent performer of revues and outreach programs, Ms. Richmond has also been seen as Little Red (Little Red’s Most Unusual Day), Carmen Ghia (The Stoned Guest), Alexandrav(Regina), and as Carrie Pipperidge from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. This summer she will expand her musical theater repertoire performing the role of Martha with The Warehouse Theatre for their production of Spring Awakening. While residing in Charleston, SC., Ms. Richmond was a featured soloist in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Series and has performed as a soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Richmond holds a B.A. in Music: Vocal Performance from the College of Charleston and is completing her M.M. in Vocal Performance at Georgia State University.
Jake Thomason: Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible
Jake holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Furman and Indiana Universities, respectively. A versatile performer, he has been heard in the United States and abroad in opera, concert, recital and oratorio venues. Notable recent performances include the title role in Faust with Opera Carolina/Mosaic-Arts and a six concert series in Robbiate, Italy with the Bassi Brugnatelli Singing and Conducting Symposium. Most recently he performed the tenor solos in Bach’s Ein feste Burg with the SC Bach choir, as well as participated in the Jenson Foundation and Giulio Gari foundation competitions in NYC. Mr. Thomason currently studies voice under the tutelage of Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano, Victoria Livengood. He resides in Greenville, SC with his wife, mezzo-soprano Laura Thomason.
Seth Killen: Giles Corey in The Crucible
Seth Killen, tenor, enjoys a varied career performing, recording, and teaching. He has performed leading roles in La Bohéme, L’heure Espagnole, The Scarecrow, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Ariadne auf Naxos. His concert credits include Mozart’s Requiem with the orchestra Sinfonia da Camera, Bach cantatas with the Bach Collegium Musicum of Cincinnati, as well as Orff’s Carminia Burana, the Oratorio de Noël with Eastern Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Missa Brevis. He spent three summers as a Corbett Young Artist at the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core ensemble, and completed a DMA at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He is an Associate Professor of Voice at North Greenville University. He can be heard on the recording, “Phinneas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” a new opera for children, recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic. He lives in Taylors, SC with his wife and three girls.
Sara Magun: Ann Putnam in The Crucible
Soprano, Sara Magun is thrilled to be singing with Glow Lyric Theatre again, after recently performing in the role of Gertrude in last summer’s Roméo et Juliette. A native of New York, Ms. Magun has had the pleasure of performing in multiple venues all over the east coast and midwest. She spent several years as a Resident Artist with the Palm Beach Opera where she had the pleasure of performing in many operas as well as recitals. From 2006-2010 Ms. Magun attended Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance. Her most notable performance while attending IU was a concert of Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder, performed with full orchestra. Since moving to the Upstate in 2010, Ms. Magun has been a frequent performer with Glow Lyric Theatre, being featured in such roles as Peep-bo (The Mikado), Kate (The Pirates of Penzance), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), as well as multiple ensemble roles and concert work. In 2013 Ms. Magun made her debut at The Warehouse Theatre as a Liebeslieder Singers in A Little Night Music. Recently Ms. Magun had the pleasure of singing Hanna in Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a joint production by Spartanburg Repertory Theatre and Converse College.